My Favorite Polar Bear Moment in Churchill, Manitoba

1000 pound polar bear in Churchill, Manitoba

Imagine seeing this coming at you out of the blowing snow. This was my first polar bear encounter in Churchill, Manitoba with Churchill Nature ToursContinue reading

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Making a Splash at Moncton’s Magic Mountain

Magic Mountain Green Slide

Athena is the perfect age for water parks. She exudes happiness when she goes down a water slide and she spends so much time in the water I think she is part fish, which is why we saved Magic Mountain for the last day of our trip to New Brunswick. We wanted to go out with a splash.   Continue reading

Horseback Riding at Broadleaf Guest Ranch, New Brunswick

Broadleaf Guest Ranch

Last year, I took Athena to Alisal Guest Ranch in Solvang, California and she had one of the best days of her life riding a small horse around the corral. She talked about it for months. When I heard that Broadleaf Guest Ranch in Riverside-Albert, New Brunswick offers trail rides for children Athena’s age as long as they are accompanied by an adult, it was the first thing I added to my list for this visit. Broadleaf Guest Ranch is an 1100 acre, family owned and operated adventure business located in Albert County, New Brunswick, in the heart of the Bay of Fundy. They have been in business for more than 50 years and 3 generations. Their experience made me feel comfortable about booking with Athena at such a young age. She was even happier with the experience than I anticipated. The smile on her face during the entire ride was magical.  Continue reading

Testing A Ford Fusion with Ford Canada

2015 Ford Fusion Test Drive

I’m in eastern Canada visiting family and I was lucky enough to score a Ford Fusion to test drive while I’m here. In cooperation with Ford Canada and Taylor Ford of Moncton, I’m driving a 2015 Ford Fusion and it’s one sweet ride. The best features for us include duel zone climate control, adaptive cruise control, and active park assist. The four hour drive from Darren’s home in Moncton, New Brunswick to my home in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia was easier and more fun because of the unique features of the Ford Fusion. I love my mini van, but it’s definitely missing a few drive-changing features. Continue reading

The Best Views of Banff and Lake Louise

When I asked for posts on Alberta, I had no idea that I would get this! These photos are travel magazine worthy. Thank you, Justin Mier (The Roaming Lama)! I’m blown away and honored to share your work. Only 6 more days until I can experience it for myself.

Featured writer/photographer: Justin Mier (The Roaming Lama)

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Winter has Arrived in Banff, Alberta

Sunshine Village

Cold winter morning at Sunshine Village Ski Resort

Last week, I shared a few photos that I took while travelling around Banff National Park, Canada, and I am truly humbled by the number of wonderful comments that were submitted, so I decided to show you a few more.

Over the past week, Mother Nature decided to bless us with 30 inches of snow, which has everyone in town talking about one thing: skiing!

November is an exciting time of year for local residents of Banff. The hustle and bustle of the summer tourism season has come and gone, traffic and parking are easy to find. The local ski resorts start teasing us with photos and potential start dates for the upcoming ski season. A fresh crop of Aussies are running around town in their “jumpers” looking to get all the necessary gear that is required for an extended ski holiday in Canada. It truly is an exciting time of year!

It’s at this time of year that I look through old ski and snowboard photos and get myself psyched up for the coming season. Here are a few that I hope you will enjoy seeing as much as I did taking them.

Kevin Carter
Bucket List Publications Contributor
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Fall in the Canadian Rockies

Banff, Alberta, Canada

My brother-in-law, Kevin, has an amazing eye for photography. It comes naturally for him, yet he’s so nonchalant about it you’d think it wasn’t a big deal. This week he snapped a few photos with his phone in the Canadian Rockies and they almost make me want to visit. Then… I’m reminded of the excessively cold temperatures and endless snow and I forget all about it. Would you rather be at the white, snowy mountains or the white, sandy beaches? Continue reading